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Waste-to-energy facilities (WTE) are a promising solution to a growing solid waste problem in the U.S. in addition to being a means to lower green house gas emissions. Within the last 10 years, WTE technology has improved to a point where it is a viable and relatively safe option for waste management and energy production. However, some of the strongest opposition actually comes from environmental groups and liberal politicians. One issue opponents to WTE facilities bring up is concern over human and environmental health due to trash burning emissions.
One claim made by opponents to WTE facilities is that they emit pollutants hazardous to human health. Oftentimes, these claim are actually based on data from 2000 or prior, before the Environmental Protection Agency put into affect the Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards (MACT).
Biogas technology has great potential to turn waste products into useful energy. The technology is actually being used and adopted in other countries more than it is here in the United States.
Do a web search to find an example of anaerobic digestion technology being used in a country other than the United States. You will likely find several links. Choose one or more of the links, to find the following information and report to us. Please format this reflection using BULLET POINTs.
- Country you are writing about
- Website URL or name of website
- Type of digesters being installed
- Digester application (farm, business, home)
- Primary feedstocks used (manure, waste food, etc.)
- Country's policy or economic driver for installation
- Other interesting information or issues related to digestion in that country...
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